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Friday, October 25 2013

The Trouble with Fandom and ‘The Elizabethans’

A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.


Wednesday, April 23 2014

Catherine Deneuve Hits the Road in ‘On My Way’

While the title On My Way implies the start of a journey that might be energetic and fresh, by film’s end, Bettie doesn’t seem like she’s moved much at all.


‘On Such a Full Sea’ Challenges Our Notion of Free Will, but Leaves So Much More Unchallenged

What are we willing to trade off in order to have a steady income, food on one’s plate and a house over one’s head?


Specters of Marquez: “Iron Fist, the Living Weapon #1”

Writer-artist Kaare Andrews shapes an entirely new mythology for Iron Fist—not so much “like unto a thing of iron,” but “when offered life, he chose death…”


‘Bayou Blue’ Takes an Unflinching Look at Death in the Dark

These men are painted as those that easily disappear, and when they do disappear, it takes nearly ten years to bring their killer to justice.


‘Pokemon Battle Trozei’: How Many Times Do I Need to Catch Them All?

Other games that have a successful collection system follow the idea that what the player collects should have some sort of pragmatic value. This iteration of Pokemon does not.


‘To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter’ Has Insufficient Postage

Collaborators and admirers provide an enlightening, but at times opaquely idiosyncratic assessment of the maverick French filmmaker.


Eels: The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett

Mark Everett admitted that Cautionary Tales was an uncomfortable record to make, but what's most unsettling is how familiar it sounds.


Father and Son = Author and Reader in ‘A Fairy Tale’

Jonas T. Bengtsson takes us down unexpected paths, reminding us that life is too complex for us to assume we know how things will turn out.


Heartsrevolution: Ride or Die

Choose your own adventure. Heartsrevolution give you two choices: Ride OR Die. (Hint: Say "Ride, please").


The Baseball Project: 3rd

The Baseball Project goes deep into the lore, heritage and shadows of the great American pastime -- and comes up with an awesome record.


Nina Persson: Animal Heart

First solo effort from the Cardigans and A Camp vocalist is pleasant enough singer-songwriter fare that doesn’t truly find its footing until the back half of the album.


Witch: Movin’ On / Kuomboka

This is what we're left with after the fuzz guitars go away.


Tuesday, April 22 2014

‘30 for 30 Soccer Stories: Maradona ‘86 and The Opposition’

These two soccer stories, focused on the World Cups of 1974 and 1986, reveal the politics, culpability, and legacy of FIFA in broader contexts.


‘Casebook’ Is an Engrossing Example of the Coming of Age Novel

Mona Simpson’s novels, always sensitive and complex, have only become more so with time, acquiring the depth only a seasoned writer can proffer.


Divine Was a Master in the Fun of Making Fun

Divine was large and loud, an actor who challenged expectations, even among drag queens.


Paradoxical Obscurity: “All New X-men #25”

A time travel paradox that's overdue yet underwhelming.


‘At Middleton’ Is a Delightful, European-Style Romance

Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia are enchanting in a film made exclusively for the pleasure of hearing them talk.


TEEN: The Way and Color

The Way and Color is a welcome and daring departure from TEEN's Spacemen 3-laced debut, 2012’s In Limbo, even though it doesn’t always hit its marks.


G. Love & Special Sauce: Sugar

Sugar is not a sticky-sweet album. Whether or not that's good news to you, G. Love & Special Sauce have returned.


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